“Leaving so soon?” asked one of the personal trainers as my friend and I were leaving the gym the other morning.
“Um, we’ve been here for an hour,” I shrugged apologetically although I really had no idea what I had to be sorry for.
“Really?” he cocked an eyebrow. “Then you must not have been working very hard.” This stung a little bit since he was the same trainer who had laughed when my friend misjudged the weight on the cable-row and fell over when we’d been lifting weights.
“But I’m all sweaty!” I blurted out and as my friend added defensively, “Well you didn’t see us on the treadmill!”
As we bolted up the stairs, I wondered if he was just trying to drum up business or if he really thought we were slacking – and if it was the latter, did he really expect people to spend more than an hour working out? Because – and as a former exercise addict, I can say this definitively – that’s crazy talk.
‘”Having the perfect body isn’t all it’s cracked up to be” is one mom’s answer to the now infamous Maria Kang, a.k.a. Fit Mom, a.k.a. the What’s Your Excuse lady. As I’m sure you recall, Maria made news for posting a pic of her bangin’ bod next to her cutie-pie kidlets, one of whom was just 8 months old with the caption “What’s your excuse?” It ignited a firestorm of controversy that has only increased as she’s continued to do interviews. But one response in particular caught my eye and it’s from a mom who says she’s been where Maria is now – the fit mom – and gave it up because the sacrifice ended up not being worth it to her.
Taryn Brumfitt of Australia posted a different sort of before and after picture than we’re used to seeing: